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Please do not post on Facebook. Everything was fine today but I got a letter about a student that is coming back from recovering from mumps. My AP asked me to ask our supervisor on what we should... Read More

  1. by   Amethya
    Quote from WineRN
    I think OldDude said it best. If you were not trained on what and how to report certain diseases, you aren't at fault. You are not a nurse, so they cannot claim you are negligent about something you have no background knowledge in.

    But if your supervisor is claiming that she has sent you material that has this information to review, and you did receive it before these letters started coming in, you most likely will be held accountable.

    At this point all you can do is stay focused on work and hopefully this won't be as bad as you think
    She didn't sent it, it's just there, but I didn't look at it.
  2. by   Farawyn
    Quote from Amethya
    No, it wasn't and I was just told this too.

    But my supervisor is upset about this because I didn't report it.

    I already called the Health Department and they are investigating the matter, but apparently the doctor's office didn't reported it either. So I'm not sure what's going on.
    While I do report, the office that does the test and diagnosis are liable to report.
    Why did the doc's office not report the mumps to the DOH?
  3. by   OldDude
    Quote from Amethya
    I can't because now it sounds I may get fired or in trouble for this.

    My supervisior's reasoning for this is because she shared forms on our google docs and a big poster that says this. I didn't read these.

    And my AP said it was my job to report it to the Health Department, not the doctor.
    Until they bring you the cardboard box to clean out your desk don't worry about it. Remember, you are not a "School Nurse" and can't practice independently. Everything you do or don't do is with the supervision and responsibility of your direct supervisor. Sounds like a bunch of buffoons playing hot potato.
  4. by   ruby_jane
    We can't test, and so can't report. It's the responsibility of the private physician to report to the state. Is the question that there was a case of mumps and that wasn't shared with the school? Because that's a shared decision with your supervisor...not something I would just readily do unless designated to do so by the local health jurisdiction.
  5. by   Amethya
    Quote from Farawyn
    While I do report, the office that does the test and diagnosis are liable to report.
    Why did the doc's office not report the mumps to the DOH?
    I'm not sure. The DOH is checking on that, because the first person I talked from DOH said she didn't see any lab report or anything reported from the doctor.
  6. by   SaltineQueen
    Personally, when I got the letter about the positive dx I would have called the health department just to make sure of what my next steps should be. But my training included talking about reportable diseases, so I would have known that was something that needed my attention.

    At any time were you told that there was information "out there" on Google Docs that you should be reviewing periodically? Again, that was part of my training. If you didn't know it was there...
  7. by   Amethya
    Quote from BethG73
    Personally, when I got the letter about the positive dx I would have called the health department just to make sure of what my next steps should be. But my training included talking about reportable diseases, so I would have known that was something that needed my attention.

    At any time were you told that there was information "out there" on Google Docs that you should be reviewing periodically? Again, that was part of my training. If you didn't know it was there...
    Not really told to reviewing periodically, just told it was there.

    I didn't know it was there, because she never told me until today.
  8. by   Amethya
    Update:

    So today I got a write up. Basically it said that it was negligence in my part.

    Yeah... I'm going to go find another job next year, possibly helping a school nurse next year.

    This is getting ridiculous.
  9. by   OldDude
    Quote from Amethya
    Update:

    So today I got a write up. Basically it said that it was negligence in my part.

    Yeah... I'm going to go find another job next year, possibly helping a school nurse next year.

    This is getting ridiculous.
    Write your rebuttal, get an acknowledgement signature from your supervisor, keep a copy, and file it with your write up.
  10. by   Amethya
    Quote from OldDude
    Write your rebuttal, get an acknowledgement signature from your supervisor, keep a copy, and file it with your write up.
    What should I write? Basically it says it was negligence in my part for not reporting it. How can I respond to this?
  11. by   ruby_jane
    How are you meant to report if you are not the one testing the student? Not reporting to whom? Do you have access to the teachers' union?
  12. by   OldDude
    Quote from Amethya
    What should I write? Basically it says it was negligence in my part for not reporting it. How can I respond to this?
    That you were never provided the training in this area for you to be able to recognize some action was required arising from your receipt of such a communication.
  13. by   3peas
    Receiving "google docs" is not training. She needs to have documentation of your training. Your rebuttal should say you were not the medical professional who diagnosed and you never received training on district protocol. Your supervisor is getting heat from above you and passing it down to you.

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